Lüderitz Protea Hotel workers on strike

17 Sep 2014 17:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 17 SEP (NAMPA) – The staff of the Protea Hotel Sea-View Zum Sperrgebiet in Lüderitz started striking on Wednesday.
The Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) gave notice of the strike to the United Africa Group (UAG), the company that owns Protea Hotels in Namibia, on Monday.
At the time UAG representative, Graham Howard told Nampa the company could do nothing to avert the strike citing “struggling economic times” as a reason for not being able to meet the hotel workers’ requests for wage and allowance increases.
Nafau’s branch organiser at Lüderitz, Jacob Penda on Wednesday morning said the workers rejected that argument, saying: “UAG is about to build another hotel at the waterfront, could they do that if the Protea Hotel Sea-View Zum Sperrgebiet was not already profitable?”
The 10 hotel employees have asked for a total increase of N.dollars 550 - an increase of N.dollars 200 on their basic salary as well as increases on housing allowance of N.dollars 150, medical allowance of N.dollars 100; and transport allowance of N.dollars 100.
The company was however only willing to grant them an increase of N.dollars 110 on their transport allowances.